By Sharon M. Leon

During the 1st 1/2 the 20th century, supporters of the eugenics move provided a picture of a racially reworked the USA via curbing the replica of “unfit” participants of society. via institutionalization, obligatory sterilization, the restrict of immigration and marriages, and different equipment, eugenicists promised to enhance the population—a coverage schedule that was once embraced through many best intellectuals and public figures. yet Catholic activists and thinkers around the usa hostile a lot of those measures, saying that “every guy, even a lunatic, is a picture of God, now not a trifling animal."

In An picture of God, Sharon Leon examines the efforts of yankee Catholics to thwart eugenic rules, illuminating the ways that Catholic concept remodeled the general public dialog approximately person rights, the function of the kingdom, and the intersections of race, neighborhood, and kinfolk. via an exam of the wider questions raised during this debate, Leon casts new gentle on significant concerns that stay important in American political lifestyles this day: the establishment of marriage, the position of presidency, and the separation of church and nation. this can be crucial studying within the historical past of faith, technology, politics, and human rights.

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